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News Posted on June 23, 2017

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye ’84 Interviewed by New York Times

Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye ’84, Chief Justice of California, was interviewed by the New York Times. In the article, she answers questions about her background as a child of immigrant farmworkers, the challenges facing California’s court system, and her clashes with the Trump administration, which she has criticized for making immigration arrests at courthouses and for what she has called damaging comments regarding the nation’s judiciary.

“It doesn’t help when there is a narrative about judges being political or that decisions are made on alleged personal biases,” said Cantil-Sakauye. “It undermines the branch. We follow the rule of law and write out our logic to explain how we got there. To call it personal, biased or results-oriented is really not to understand what the judiciary is. To insinuate or directly say that we rule from our personal feelings is really wrong and damaging.”